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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tribeca Film Festival Review: Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha

Okay say this out loud 3 times fast. Ready? Go!

Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha

Did you say it aloud 3 times fast? Do you feel like an ass for saying it aloud and getting it wrong all three times? Well now you know how I felt after seeing this movie. A complete ass. Okay...maybe that's a bit extreme but my time could have been well spent watching another screening, but I chose this one specifically because the legendary Melvin Van Peebles was conducting a Q&A after the film. So even though I went in knowing absolutely nothing about the film I figured what the hell right? Movies like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song are classics! Melvin's work has always been a little off-key so to speak so I wasn't that surprised when I left the screening having a WTF moment. I even found myself getting on the wrong train on the way home. I had become completely disoriented. I really can't describe what the movie is about becuz there is no way to really explain it without it sounding completely confusing. So I'll just break it down in layman's terms: Melvin Van Peebles narrates this story (Dr. Suessian style) about his life as a 14 year old coming of age and living in the streets of New York City. Now Melvin Van Peebles plays a 14 year old. Yep you got it...he plays himself playing a 14 year old boy. See what I mean by bizarre? Then there are just these random people he meets aimlessly in his life who make no sense and serve no purpose other than to make a forced cameo as a favor to the filmmaker. Then there are all these psychedelic images of mosaics and colors that looks like a cheesy 70's porno. The music also has the cheesy 70's porn backdrop and I was expecting to see Linda Lovelace come out and do her thing. This was just weird for me. Perhaps becuz I don't understand the full scope of Peebles sense of avant garde and art that it just wasn't my cup of tea. But there are ways you can be experimental (Green Porno---will blog later) that is refreshing, creative, and simple.

I actually left the screening moments before the film ended and missed the Q&A becuz I realized there are more important things I should be doing with my time like catching a new episode of Grey's Anatomy...and its sad that I actually rush home to see a TV show that I already have set to DVR----but as you know I'm a bit of a compulsive-obsessive when it comes to the TV show. I mean damn I have an archive about a network TV show on an independent film blog. Anywayz..back to Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha. If you get the title and understand what it means....then maybe you'll get the movie. It's just that simple. Or maybe I'm just the moron. But to put it simply this movie was truly bizarre.

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